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DiscoverAFire 1 point ago +1 / -0

Most middlemen don't have a state-enforced monopoly, a state-enforced requirement that you purchase the product, and state violence on tap to jail you until you pay whatever they unilaterally decide.

It was advantageous for the romans and the tax collectors, but that's just political insiders teaming up to shank the outsiders. Sure, a vaxx mandate is good for the pharmaceutical companies, investors, and the politicians getting lobbied - but that doesn't excuse the abusiveness of the system.